Average Bench: 64.8% (169th of 1015)

more Based on 12,747 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0B1, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WD20PURX-08EUEE, WDC WD20PURX-25T0FY0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-70P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64N96Y0, WDC WD20PURX-69PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64EFGY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-60P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 35.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.87MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.16MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 46.3%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 60.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 110MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,747 samples)
Min Avg Max
68.3 Read 116 152
66.2 Write 113 146
25.3 Mixed 60.6 76.2
48.5 SusWrite 110 148
73% 99.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.72 0.9
0.75 4K Write 2.16 2.7
0.47 4K Mixed 0.87 1
167% 1.25 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 135 137 138 138 137 MB/s
Read 139
Write 137
Mixed 71
SusWrite 137
88% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
189% 1.4 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 80.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 86 110 108 109 113 110 MB/s
Read 117
Write 115
Mixed 51.3
SusWrite 106
71% 97.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
166% 1.23 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 37,656,205 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $93 @ launch in Jul '14
AmazonUS $705 mins
BHPhotoUS $804 years
EbayUS $8822 mins
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 32,799 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 31%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 29%
Raft

Motherboard: Asus PRIME A320M-K - $64

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $515

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